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• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

• Serena Williams, who said her first auto purchase was a while Lincoln Navigator SUV she named “Ginger,” has signed to become an official spokesperson for the brand. A social media-based marketing campaign includes videos of Williams talking about and driving the 2018 Navigator, with ongoing videos to follow. “Partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place,” she said in the first video. “Let’s just be honest: Serena Williams needs to be in the new Navigator.”

• The Smashing Pumpkins unveil 'Shiny And Oh So Bright' 36-city tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years, with founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha. Produced by Live Nation.

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IMDbPro’s ALL-TIME TOP-GROSSING, LIVE-ACTION SPORTS-THEMED MOVIES*
1. The Blind Side (2009) $255.9M
2. The Karate Kid (2010) $176.6M
3. The Waterboy (1998) $161.5M
4. The Longest Yard (2005) $158.1M
5. Jerry Maguire (1996) $153.9M
6. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) $148.2M
7. Rocky IV (1985) $127.8M
8. Rocky III (1982) $125.1M
9. Seabiscuit (2003) $120.2M
10. Blades of Glory (2007) $118.6M
*These are the Top 10 domestic-grossing, live-action movies with sports as a central theme. These numbers have not been adjusted for inflation.

Data provided by Box Office Mojo

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Most-Watched Winter Olympics in U.S. TV History
1. Lillehammer, 1994* 204 million
2. Vancouver, 2010 190 million
3. Salt Lake City, 2002 187 million
T4. Torino, 2006 184 million
T4. Albertville, 1992 184 million
T4. Nagano, 1998 184 million
* Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding incident

Source NBC Sports

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Oct032017

Yankees Judge Leads MLB Top-Selling Jerseys, Helps Topps Break Records

By Barry Janoff

October 3, 2017: Even as he was setting MLB rookie marks and New York Yankees team marks on the field, Aaron Judge was a significant factor in selling MLB jerseys and Topps baseball cards.

Judge hit an MLB rookie one-season record 52 homers (topping Mark McGwire’s 49 in 1987) and 33 home runs in Yankee Stadium (breaking Babe Ruth’s team record 32 set in 1921 in the Polo Grounds.

His on-field prowess has translated into strong marketing production..

Judge become only the second rookie in baseball history to lead MLB in jersey sales for the entire season, joining Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, who accomplished the feat during this rookie season in 2015.

Meanwhile, Judge was driving sales of MLB Topps Now cards, which commemorate historic MLB moments and are available online usually the day after the event takes place, but for only 24 hours.

The trading card and collectibles company said it has hit the one million sales mark in Topps NOW cards since launching the platform in 2016.

Sales of Judge’s Topps NOW alone this season are nearing 100,000, including a one-card mark 16,138 copies of the card commemorating his rookie record-breaking 50th home run.

According to MLB and the MLB Players Assn., seven of the Top 10 and 15 of the Top 20 players who lead the league in jersey sales in 2017 will participate in this year’s post-season.

The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com, the official online shop of MLB, since Opening Day 2017.

The average age of the Top 10 players is 27. Players representing 13 different clubs make up the Top 20 most popular player jerseys, which includes ten infielders, five outfielders, three catchers and two pitchers.

Behind Judge, the Top Ten includes Bryant, Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals), Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants), Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals) Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels), Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indian) and Javier Báez (Chicago Cubs).

See the full Top 20 list below.

Judge’s record-breaking 50th home run Topps NOW card broke the single-card record of 11,550 commemorating Ichiro Suzuki’s 3,000th career hit in 2016.

Judge's 2017 Home Run Derby championship card is third all-time (8,997).

"Topps NOW has been a truly innovative program that Topps was thrilled to bring to sports fans and collectors first," David Leiner, GM and vp-North American Sports & Entertainment for Topps, said in a statement.

"The program resonated with baseball fans because it helped bring them closer to a sport they are truly passionate about. Whether it’s a walk-off win, an amazing home run-robbing catch or a great milestone, fans know they can count on Topps NOW to capture those moments almost immediately.”

According to Leiner, "Judge has really grabbed the attention of baseball fans everywhere. His Topps NOW cards have been some of the most popular in the program from his debut in 2016 to winning the 2017 Home Run Derby to breaking the rookie record.”
 
Topps NOW 2017 MLB cards will continue throughout the playoffs and World Series.

MLB Most Popular Player Jerseys – 2017
 
1.   Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
2.   Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
3.   Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
4.   Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
5.   Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
6.   Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
7.   Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
8.   Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
9.   Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
10.  Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs
11.  Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
12.  Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
13.  Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
14.  Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
15.  Gary Sánchez, New York Yankees
16.  Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
17.  Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
18.  Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
19.  Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
20.  Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
SOURCE: MLBShop.com

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